Thiruvananthapuram: India Mereological Department (IMD) predicted isolated very heavy rain in Kerala in the next four days from August 6 due to the low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal. The IMD sounded a red alert and orange alert for seven districts indicating very high rain and flood-like situation ( rain ranging up to 204mm).
The IMD declared a red alert in Idukki, Wayanad, and Orange alert in Kannur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Kasaragod districts from Wednesday to Saturday signaling heavy rain demanding emergency preparedness to address rain-related havocs. A yellow alert is sounded for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, and Alappuzha districts.
The people are asked to be highly vigilant over the situation. The people from the flood-prone low-level areas are asked to be shifted to safe areas. The travel in the hillock areas is completely locked. Fishermen warned not to venture into the sea.
The Disaster Management Authority alerted the governemnt to take all the preparedness to face the emergent situations. The shifting of the people to the rescue camps should be done by following all COVID guidelines, the DMA said.
Heavy rain started havocing in the state and people who had witnessed the two floods in 2018 and 2019 which claimed hundreds of lives are apprehensive over the calamity. The landslide and soil erosion have been reported from various parts of the state since Wednesday. The people from the low-level areas prone to the encroachment of water have been shifted to safe regions. The rivers are overflowing and the incident of mudslides have been coming out from the various part of northern Kerala. So far since the heavy rain started on Wednesday, several houses were damaged, In Walad in Wayanad, the calamity claimed the life of a six-year-old girl due to tree fell down on her when the three-member family was on their frantic run for escape.